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July 2014

Table of Contents

Editor's Letter | Contributors | Letters to the Editor | Where Is This?

People, places and things from around the state, including Chuck Stretch, an old-school filling-station attendant on the North Rim; a saloon in Camp Verde that defies the notion of “bar food”; and Strawberry, our hometown of the month.

There’s a lot to see on the South Rim of the Grand Canyon. You could easily spend days up there and never run out of things to do. Most people, however, are in and out in less than four hours. It’s for them that this story is written.
By Robert Stieve

It’s true, Minnesota has a lot of lakes — at least 10,000, probably more. We have lakes in Arizona, too. There aren’t as many as there are in Minnesota, but they’re still spectacular. Plus, we don’t have as many mosquitoes.
A portfolio edited by Jeff Kida

On June 30, 2013, a seemingly routine wildfire broke out southwest of Prescott. But within 24 hours, the Yarnell Hill Fire had become anything but ordinary when 19 heroic hotshots lost their lives fighting the blaze. The tragedy was front-page news around the world. It wasn’t the only story, though. A team of unsung heroes was working relentlessly behind the scenes, and a year later, it’s still fighting the effects of the fire.
By Kathy Montgomery
Photographs by David Zickl

Ranching in Northern Arizona has never been easy — not for cattle, not for cowboys. Although it’s a more efficient line of work than it was 60 years ago, there are some, including our writer, who long for a time when all the work was done on horseback.
By Jo Baeza

Among the many notable explorers of the Grand Canyon, Harvey Butchart is the most prolific. Over the course of several decades, he hiked more than 12,000 miles and climbed 83 inner-Canyon summits. In spite of those numbers, there weren’t any memorials to mark his accomplishments. That is, until 2008, when a 7,611-foot peak near Point Imperial was officially designated Butchart Butte.
Text and photographs by Elias Butler

Andy Mayberry is a gentleman farmer, a sixth-generation Arizonan and a well-established family-practice physician in Benson. But it’s his 2,200-pound oxen that garner the most attention — and do most of the work.
By Kelly Vaughn Kramer
Photograph by John Burcham

Eagar to Big Lake: Although you will see a few signs of the Wallow Fire along this 21-mile back road, you’ll also see swaths of grasslands, crystal-clear water and many reminders that the White Mountains are still spectacular.

Humphreys Peak: It’s not the most difficult hike in Arizona, but at 12,633 feet above sea level, it is the highest, and for peak-baggers, that’s what matters most.

Editor's LetterEditor Robert Stieve discusses the current issue. ...[more]

Where Is This?We've posted a new location to identify. Submit your answer for a chance to win. ...[more]

Scenic Drive Woody Mountain Road: It’s not hard to find a scenic drive in Northern Arizona. Snowbowl Road, Lake Mary Road, Woody Mountain Road ... they’re everywhere. ...[more]


Letters to the EditorIf you have thoughts or comments about anything in Arizona Highways, we want to hear from you. ...[more]

Hike of the MonthHumphreys Peak: : It’s not the most difficult hike in Arizona, but at 12,633 feet above sea level, it is the highest, and for peak-baggers, that’s what matters most. ...[more]

Photo PortfolioLand of Less Than 10,000 Lakes: A portfolio edited by Jeff Kida. ...[more]

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